Written by Richard Strauss and Bruckner two powerful and emotional works will be performed this week by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Jac Van Steen, Dutch principal guest conductor will conduct the orchestra that will play Four Last Songs composed towards the end of Richard Strauss’ life.
Spring, Going to Sleep, September and At Sunset were written for soprano and orchestra and contain soaring horn lines and beautiful melodies. The four songs are about peaceful serenity while at the same time full of emotion and pathos.
Mezzo-soprano Katerinia Karneus will sing the Four Last Songs. Born in Stockholm she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 1995 and soared to prominence. Since that time she has appeared worldwide in concert and recital, and opera and has worked with the best orchestras and conductors.
Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony completes the programme. While unfinished upon his death he dedicated his final symphony to God and is one of his most gripping and darkest works. Only three of the four intended movements had been completed when Bruckner died and it will be the three movement symphony played. The programme will be the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ penultimate concert of the Cardiff season.